IT’LL be the end of an era at Whitestone Park this month as manager Ger Rossi prepares to take charge of Peebles Rovers for his final two matches.

The former Hibernian midfielder from Peebles took the club from the brink of extinction to top-half challengers during his two-year reign as boss.

He also served the club as a player and assistant manager during one of the most successful periods in the Rovers history – securing a league and cup double in 2015.

Rossi, along with assistant Allan McDonald, informed his players of his decision to step down following his side’s 5-1 victory over Eyemouth United last Saturday.

Ger told the Peeblesshire News: "It’s been a remarkable two years.

“We all know how humble the beginning of this project was given we inherited just two players from the previous team of Edinburgh lads. We then asked a big group of local players to fill the breach and step up from youth and amateur football – and they’ve done that.

"It was the right time to step down. There’s a lot happening in my life right now in terms of work opportunities. I’m also getting married soon.

"I’m an all or nothing type of person, and I’d struggle to give Rovers the attention they deserve.”

The highlight of Rossi’s time at Peebles will undoubtedly be the club’s promotion of local players from lower levels to the ranks of senior football.

As a youth coach by trade, it’s something that Ger admits has given him the most joy during his time as manager.

He said: “These kids that came in are great, and that’s what makes me most proud when I think about our time here.

“To see them go out and compete against the best in this division, and seeing the quality they have, is what makes it for me.”

The search for a new manager for next season is now underway, with the Rovers committee already assessing CVs.

The future of the club has scarcely been so bright, with a solid financial foundation in place along with a talented squad.

And Ger is certain that Peebles Rovers have never been in ruder health.

“Going forward, this club will only grow. I know it’s a horrendous cliche, but there isn’t just one person at this club,” he added.

“The committee have been second-to-none, and whoever comes in next is very lucky.

"I’ll always watch on and support my town – I’m a Rover to the end of my days.”